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Why is my domain resolving to the wrong IP when I do a DNS lookup or ping?

 December 13, 2018     0 Comments

If we have set up your hosted domain to run through Cloudflare (before it points to our web server), Cloudflare will mask your IP - this is because they use their own DNS to resolve to one of their many reverse proxy servers for any DNS record using it's services. This does several things:

  1. Protect our origin server
    1. The IPs that you see are distributed globally across all of their PoPs (point-of-presence or data center) with anycast networking. Since DDoS attacks are "Distributed" globally, they are able to spread the load across their entire network, while filtering the bad traffic.
    2. The attackers will resolve to a Cloudflare IP address and not our web server, so they would not be able to attack our web server directly.

  2. Speeds up your site
    All of their PoPs are running a reverse proxy. These reverse proxies will improve the data your server sends to speed up your site. They use different methods of caching, compression, and removing of unwanted empty space (Auto-minify.) All of these features can be turned on and off from the various settings through the control panel or page rules.

Feel free to check out our articles on Cloudflare here.

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